Christian morals



38. Why are there so many false doctrines in this world?



Because “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 John 5:19 – NKJV), who is “a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44 – NIV).

Therefore, it is normal that so many people have accepted the strangest and most perverse doctrines, which have nothing to do with the truth as the chaff has nothing to do with the wheat.

Those who belong to this world serve the wicked one (Satan), that is, they are under his power, no matter what race they belong to, what their culture is, and what their social position is; the devil is their master and he causes them to believe all kinds of lies.

So, there are those who hold that God does not exist; those who say that all is God; those who say that after death man is reincarnated to expiate his debts or to receive his reward for the good things he did in his previous lives; those who say that the spirits of dead must be worshiped or consulted; those who say that man should give himself over to the pleasures of life; those who say that man has not an immortal soul inside his body so with death everything is finished; those who think that eternal life can be bought or deserved; those who say that Jesus Christ is just one of the numerous prophets who lived on the earth and He is not superior to Buddha or Mohammed or Sai Baba, rather in many cases Jesus is considered inferior to them as in the case of the Muslims who believe that Mohammed is greater than Jesus Christ; those who say that the devil and the demons do not exist; and those who say that there is no resurrection of the dead; those who say that after death Christians must go first to purgatory; those who say that it is lawful to pray to the dead; those who forbid marriage; and those who forbid certain foods created by God; and I could mention many other false doctrines, but I stop here.

All these heresies have been introduced into the world by the devil, who uses a category of spirits called ‘deceiving spirits’ to deceive the saints into accepting them, and unfortunately some believers have given heed to these deceiving spirits.

The devil started his work of seduction in the Garden of Eden, where he managed through his craftiness to make Eve believe that if they (Adam and Eve) ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they wouldn’t die. “You will not surely die,” (Genesis 3:4 – NKJV) said the devil to Eve. Yet God had clearly said to Adam: “In the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Genesis 2:17 – NKJV). In that Garden, therefore, the devil showed not only his wickedness (because someone who knows that if you eat something you will surely die and tries to make you eat it can be nothing but a wicked being), but also his craftiness, because he managed to make Eve believe the exact opposite of what God had said. And ever since he has deceived countless people into believing things which are contrary to the Word of God. That’s why the Scripture says that the devil “deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9 – NKJV).